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Improving accuracy in roadside breath testing

12 June, 2012

Police officers use a variety of field sobriety tests to evaluate a driver's level of impairment.

When making an arrest decision, officers rely heavily on the roadside handheld breathalyser or PBT (Preliminary Breath Test) because it provides a direct digital reading of approximate blood alcohol level.

However, research shows that certain mouthwashes, breath sprays, cold medicines, asthma inhalers and other products can erroneously increase the alcohol result of a person who has consumed a traditional alcoholic beverage.  

A driver may use a breath freshener when they are first pulled over by the police, potentially falsely elevating their alcohol level on the handheld roadside breathalyser.   

Further experiments conclude that even if no alcohol has been swallowed, a person can produce a false positive breath test result above the legal limit (.08) immediately after the use of one of these oral products.

This can also occur after recent (within 15-20 minutes) consumption of an alcoholic beverage or even just a swallow of it.

Residual Mouth Alcohol is defined in law enforcement's primary DUI training manual entitled DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, which is endorsed by the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): "After a person takes a drink, some alcohol remains in the mouth tissues. If the person exhales soon after drinking, the breath sample will pick up some of this left-over mouth alcohol.  In this case, the breath sample will contain an additional amount of alcohol and the test result will be higher than the true BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)."  

It takes approximately 15 minutes or longer for the Residual Mouth Alcohol to evaporate from the mouth. Residual Mouth Alcohol is a real problem with roadside breath testing, with the result innocent people potentially being arrested for DUI or unnecessarily detained at roadside.

Breathalyzer Equalizer is a powder made from all natural ingredients, formulated by a medical doctor with more than 34 years of expertise in chemistry and human physiology, specifically to absorb residual mouth alcohol from the oral cavity, much faster than normal, helping to provide a more accurate reading of one's true Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at roadside.

This product will also assist law enforcement by helping them identify false positives due to Residual Mouth Alcohol much faster, aiding them in the arrest/release decision-making process, so they can get back on the road quicker.  

The team behind the product are experts in the field of law, law enforcement and medicine.

"In formulating the active ingredients for the Breathalyzer Equalizer, I use naturally occurring molecular Carbon compounds and plant origin breath cleansers," McCoy Moretz, MD, FACS, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and chemist with over 34 years experience, asserted.

"The resultant mixture provides excellence in reduction of residual mouth alcohol and the other causes of breath odor. The Breathalyzer Equalizer will not affect the determination of the true BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) by the standardised testing methods utilised by law enforcement agencies. I stand behind our product 100 per cent."

"As an attorney, I am committed to fighting injustice. It's an injustice to an officer to have an inaccurate testing mechanism and it's an injustice to the citizen to encounter a false positive.

"The Breathalyzer Equalizer is just another tool in the fight against drunk driving and protecting citizens across the country. Together, we can all make a difference," Preston Haliburton, a leading DUI attorney in Georgia, explained.

"I have witnessed the horrible, negative effects of both drunk driving related accidents, as well as citizens wrongfully arrested, and neither of them are acceptable."

"As a former law enforcement officer and police trainer, I do not condone drunk driving, as it has no place in our society," Ron Lloyd, a recognised expert in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), with more than 22 years experience in the area of impaired driving, stated.  

"Breathalyzer Equalizer is a product designed to help improve accuracy in roadside breath testing. We do not want officers wasting valuable time on traffic stops with sober drivers because of a false positive breath test result caused by Residual Mouth Alcohol, while the real drunk driver is still travelling down the road endangering the public. Because of this, we anticipate that law enforcement will support it."

Source: Business Review Australia

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